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American Hip Hop Recording Artist

Kendrick Lamar Duckworth was born in Compton, California, on June 17, 1987. His parents had moved to Compton from Chicago to escape the city's gang culture, although Lamar's father had been associated with the notorious Gangster Disciples gang. As the 1980s crack trade and West Coast gang presence increased, Lamar grew up around precarious street activity, but he seemed more influenced than harmed by it. He was a good student who enjoyed writing, first stories and poems, and then lyrics.

Lamar's family was directly touched by the violence of the streets, yet he remained thoughtful and soft-spoken, ever the keen observer, even as a child. He adopted the moniker K-Dot and began performing his lyrics as a rapper. At age 16, in 2003, he circulated a mix tape called Youngest Head Nigga in Charge, which drew a lot of interest in his native Southern California and beyond.

The project was enough to get Lamar a record deal with Top Dawg Entertainment, a respected California independent label and feeder to major labels. He went on to release two other acclaimed mix tapes, Training Day (2005) and C4 (2009), steadily working with other up-and-coming West Coast rappers like Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q. Lamar and these other performers eventually formed their own rap collective, Black Hippy.

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WATCH KENDRICK LAMAR PERFORM A TO PIMP A BUTTERFLY MEDLEY ON COLBERT

Stephen Colbert's Late Show is certainly launching with a bang -- beyond the excitement leading up to his first show (with its Donald Trump jokes and surprise Jimmy Fallon appearance), last night's episode featured a full musical performance by Kendrick Lamar.

Kendrick Lamar gave the only performance that mattered at the Grammys

In it, the best rapper alive performs Alright and The Blacker The Berry, two standouts off his latest album, To Pimp A Butterfly. Well, yes, that’s the basic narrative of what he did. It was more than that, though. It was a piece of performance art, a pyrotechnics show, and an outright challenge to white America: Watch this.

Kendrick Lamar thrills an adoring hometown crowd — and conquers ...

The celebrated Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar headlined the first night of FYF Fest on Saturday in Exposition Park.

Kendrick Lamar to Receive Key to Compton - Rolling Stone

Kendrick Lamar will receive the Key to the City from his Compton hometown in February.

KENDRICK LAMAR PRAISED BY PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: 'BREAKING NEW GROUND,' 'DOING AMAZING WORK'

Kendrick Lamar has just received high praise from President Barack Obama himself, according to Complex. The “Alright” rapper has managed to get Obama’s seal of approval just days before the 44th president leaves the Oval Office.

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